Wednesday, 17 July 2019

d'Arenberg The Hunjee Heartstring Montepulciano 2018




This wine, along with the new release Danger Mouse Nero d'Avola, represent d'Arenberg's ongoing program of alternate grape variety plantings in the McLaren Vale wine region. “These varieties are suited to warmer climate conditions, ripening significantly later than some of the other traditional grape varieties,” said d’Arenberg Chief Winemaker Chester Osborn. “With the changing climate, we are working with varieties that may one day replace the traditional ones planted in the region like Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are more resistant to drought and heat stress. Montepulciano and Mencia in particular are my two favourite contenders to replace Shiraz in the future.”

Grown in Blewitt Springs, levels of interest lap at your feet. Pretty scents of violets, black olives, baked cherry pie and cured meats get you in the mood. The meatiness continues through the mouth flanked by dense plum, blackberry and dark cherry fruit. Sprinkles of dried herbs and a dab of sweetness ride the finish home leaving a dusty tannin in its wake. A great drink - I could easily have a couple of glasses.

Drink now to five years.

92/100

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $29
Source: Sample

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